Jan 12- Feb 13th - Gallery 194 at the Chesapeake Arts Center - Reception & Talk Jan 19 from 6-8p.pm.
The essentials during the COVID lock-down varied greatly by household. These items ranged from food to entertainment to cleaning products. They were items that allowed us to sustain life as well as occupy our time. For many of us, we ordered items online we typically bought in stores. This trend has continued as the pandemic stretches well into a third year and the act of ordering essential items has become more our way of life. The work in "The Essential" is a collection of both cardboard and plastic packaging from store purchased and ordered items roughly over the past year. I began collecting just after the birth of my daughter. She was born in the height of an omicron variant spike in January 2022. As my husband and I navigated as new parents in the midst of a pandemic, we chose to order even more of our immediate needs. This allowed us to greatly limit our exposure risks and unintentionally lead to this collection. It has grown and taken shape as our essentials have evolved.